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Only six states have full-time protection officers: Tirath

Posted on Feb 27, 11:04PM | IANS

New Delhi, Feb 27 : Only six states have appointed independent protection officers for implementing the law to prevent domestic violence, Woman and Child Development Minister Krishna Tirath informed the Rajya Sabha Wednesday.

Tirath also said that the central government was coming out with a new scheme for providing funds to states from the next financial year for implementation of the act and to ensure that independent protection officers are appointed by all states.

"I had held a consultation meeting with the state governments, where they had asked for money to implement the prevention of domestic violence act. For this, we are getting a new scheme to provide assistance to state governments to implement the act. This will begin from the next financial year," Tirath said during question hour.

Replying to a question by CPI MP from Kerala D. Raja, she said, the National Commission for Women's (NCW) recommendations on implementation of the prevention of domestic violence act have been incorporated.

"All states have said that they have appointed protection officers. But we have directed them that the protection officers should be independent. So far, only six states have appointed full-time POs: Tamil Nadu, Bihar, Haryana, Kerala, West Bengal and Delhi," she said.